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Fuel Tanker Explodes on Mamfe Akuapem Mountains, Eastern Region

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A fuel tanker crashed on Saturday evening while descending the Mamfe Akuapem mountains towards Adawso direction in Eastern region. The tanker caught fire and has since exploded multiple times, engulfing the entire stretch of the road in flames. No casualties have been confirmed so far.

As a result, vehicles are unable to cross, causing a gridlock and leaving many passengers stranded. Motorists are advised to use the Koforidua to Adukrom road to join Mamfe, Aburi, and continue to Accra as fire fighters are yet to arrive to extinguish the fire.

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This incident is not the first on this stretch of the road. Scores of passengers were reportedly injured in a recent crash involving a Toyota Fish and a Toyota Hiace. The Toyota Fish vehicle somersaulted several times before landing on the side of the road. Those in the Toyota Hiace survived with minor injuries, but occupants of the Toyota Fish suffered critical injuries and were rushed to Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital.

Less than 24 hours before the recent crash, a driver of Xugong Mobile Crane vehicle died in another fatal crash on the same stretch of Mamfe to Koforidua road. The driver lost control of the steering wheel while descending the mountain, leading to the crash. Personnel of the Ghana Police Service and Ghana National Fire Service found the Xugong mobile crane partially in the bush on the shoulder of the road with the occupant nowhere to be found. The driver was later found lying motionless in the nearby bush during a search and was rushed to Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

For the most part, it is important for motorists to exercise caution when driving on this stretch of the road, especially when descending the Mamfe Akuapem mountains. Drivers should maintain a reasonable speed limit, avoid overtaking at blind spots, and ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy. The relevant authorities should also look into the recent spate of crashes on this road and take measures to prevent future occurrences.

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